Sociology is the study of human life within group contexts, varying from small, intimate groups to large, complex organizations and societies. Since group interaction is a part of every individual's life, sociology is considered part of a student's liberal education. Courses in the Department of Sociology emphasize an understanding of a broad range of subjects: the family, socialization, gender roles, work and occupations, deviance, minority groups, urban life, and so forth. In addition to these courses, students majoring in sociology receive a rigorous grounding in statistics and social research methodology, including experimental designs, sample survey designs, qualitative procedures stressing participant observation, and the application of methods to the study of concrete social problems. Students majoring in sociology are prepared for roles as social researchers or as social practitioners in areas involving industry and government service, as well as in the social services. Students have the option of selecting either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. The only difference between the two courses is that the Bachelor of Arts requires less math and science courses but requires foreign language courses, and the Bachelor of Science requires addition math and science courses with no foreign language course requirements.
An undergraduate degree in sociology not only provides excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociological research, social work, law, medicine, and counseling, it also prepares undergraduates for direct entry into positions in business, social service and government. UH Sociology Alumni have received offers as Social Workers, Advisors for Pregnant & Parenting Teens, Senior Coordinators, Financial Assistants, Volunteer Coordinators, Information and Referral Specialists, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .
Contact InformationDepartment of Sociology
450 Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall
Houston, TX 77204